Uperkot Fort- the Gateway to Girnar !

By February 9, 2017Journey

Junagadh – the City of Nawab has So much to offer We have seen the Mahabat Ka Maqbara, Museum of ย Nawab – the next Up is Historic Uperkot Fort – which is quite the Gateway to Girnar Mountain Ranges ; the Hill pooping out from the above Frame is the Famous Hill of Girnar : which is said to be “Home” to many places of Spiritual and Mystic Interest.

That is the Starting Point of the Uperkot…the journey starts from here…

Why do I Visit this Uperkot Fort…

Uperkot Fort was Built by Mauryan Dynasty 3 Century B.C. But it has been damaged and amended by Many Rulers in the past. As you enter the Fort you are left Mesmerized with the Greenery on one side and the Tough Rugged Architectural structure on the other side. Crowned between the Green Forest of Gir and Girnar Ranges- the Uperkot Fort is a Beautiful Nature Getaway away from the City Wilderness ๐ŸŒพand is surely Every Travel-Lover Delight. Lets ย start with the Uperkot Trails : Find the reasons ourselves….

First Glimpse of the Uperkot Fort !

Like all the Other Forts..the Uperkot Fort too is built on a Foot Hills of the Famous Girnar Ranges.

Gun Point : The Very first Sight which comes- once you enter the Fort : is the Gun Point. It is believed to the Armed Forces Base at one point of time. The Gun placed here, can fire at big big spread distances and was one of its kind as stated by the Local.

Being a Fort : First thing First – We start with discussing the Weapon : This is the Gun Point.

I don’t know how exactly that Gun functioned as I took 2-3 rounds but could not understand where exactly was the Opening and how did it function but I loved the View from this Gun Point ๐Ÿ˜‰ It does cheer you up with the Welcoming view of the Entire Town of Junagadh.

The Town of Junagadh!

Taking a few Steps from the Gun-point I find this Beautiful Mother -Son Duo ๐Ÿ™‚ Being on the Hill, it is jeweled with Beautiful Nature Surprises scattered here there…everywhere!

A few steps from Gun-Point You see ๐Ÿ˜

Rani Roopmati ni Havelior Jumma Masjid : This Palace or rather Place has a Cocktail of History scattered inside this Place in parts . Why Cocktail because look at the below Frame : it Replicates the Famous Jumma Masjids of Ahmedabad and Champaner.

Interiors reflect the Islamic depictions!

The Arches look so much like the ones in the Royal Palaces in Rajasthan. While that Corridor Frame reflects the Mughal Era ! The Way the Frame is attached, we can make out that the Mughal Leaders have tried their level best to add their Charms and convert it into Jumma Masjid which happened to be the Royal Residence of Rani Roopmati od the Solanki Dynasty.

The different Color of the Pillars plus additional Corridor depict : different eras of construction!

While in the Middle of Something, Life Surprises you with the Beauty like this ๐Ÿ™‚

If you can help with Name of this birdie ๐Ÿ‘

One More Proof that it was a Royal Queen Residence : Beautiful Arch Brackets ย – with Wonderful details certainly adds a Different Angle to the Frame and the Place.

The Indian Arches and Islamic Door!

The View of this Palace is Stunning, You see the Wide Spread Structures..Mountains..clouds…Birds…Flowers what else do I need ๐Ÿ™‚

There are innumerable places which are abandoned but still Beautiful!

being an Architectural Marvel plus nestled in the Forest..it is difficult situation for ย a Traveler – should I click the Landscapes or Indulge in Deep Serene Vibes of the Place ๐Ÿ™‚

My confusion broke as I spotted a Lovely Couple

Brahminya Myna

Adi – Kadi Ni Vav : You may have seen Stepwells with Scupturesย with Beautiful Feminine Details and Charms but have you seen Rugged Rock-Cut Stepwell Curved out of the Full-fledged Mountain with ladder directed inside the Stepwell. If the answer is no, you have to be here to see of that Stepwell one of its kind :

The First look of Ani-Kani Ni Vav!

The Stepwell is built and named in honor of 2 sisters : Adi and Kadi. It has no Targic Story behind its making : It is a Happy Step-well ๐Ÿ™‚ ย As I step inside, I feel a Cool Breeze of Silence hitting me hard on my face, as I move deep inside and inside : the humming of birds : the rough and marshy textures of the ground make it hard for me to move in the interior side of Stepwell. And I hear My Mama : No Pooja…no Pooja ! I missed on some of the shots ๐Ÿ™

The Interior of Ani Kani Ni Vav is lit up beautifully with the Sunshine โ˜€๏ธ

Nav-Ghan Kuvo – (Nine Grain Well) As the Name Suggests : these are the Wells built Underground for Storing 9 different types of Grains and Cereals which are used for Regular Kitchen. I could not get a Better angle for this Structure as it is enclosed with Metal Barriers ๐Ÿ™ˆ

It stores Grains in the past and presently it saves the Trash !

Buddh Gufa – Buddhist Caves : It also homes to some 3rd Century Buddhist caves which are built 3 storeys under the Ground

The Enterance of the Caves

The 3 levels of Caves

The Interiors of the caves are also not that Boring..they are crafted with some Wall and Pillar Detailing ! The Caves have this Peculiar feature that you feel so at home being here. Feels So Cool and Calming…being inside.

Cool Interiors : It feels so relaxing ๐Ÿ˜Ž inside the Caves!

As I am Move out of the Buddhist Caves…this Jungle Bubbler welcomes me With this Angry Emotion

Why so Angry ๐Ÿ˜ก

As we move away from the Buddhist caves : I find something and Stop –

This Bird was Quite Far Far Away managed to Click but this what I Managed with my Zoom Lens ๐Ÿ˜‘

And I did not want to leave this Magical Place as It is filled with Suprises and Suprises with each and every Step you take ๐Ÿ™‚

Do help me with the Names of the Birds in the Below Comments Section ๐Ÿ™‚ and Yes will you visit Uperkot Fort ๐Ÿค”

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